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Apr 6, 2010 02:13 PM

Help! Celiac in NOLA!

I'm traveling down to NOLA for jazz fest. It'll be my seventh -- but my first since being diagnosed with celiac disease. Anyone on this board have any advice -- dishes that should be safe, restaurants that should be friendly, etc.? Help. I'm heart-broken to miss out on all my fave foods and ready to try some new ones.

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  1. I think I read on this board several months ago that the fried oysters at Acme are gluten-free [cornmeal only]. As for other places, you might want to call and check. Obviously anything with a roux will be an issue. But if you call ahead I bet they can accommodate you.

    1. I was just there about a month ago for a week and had a horrible time finding places that understood what gluten was... The only place that was helpful was GW Fins They were absolutely amazing and the food was delicious. I highly recommend them. Otherwise I didn't find anywhere else worthwhile. I hope you have better luck than I did!

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      1. re: celiaceats

        That is good to hear. I have been a fan, since they opened, and they have always been quick to accommodate us, though with different requests.



      2. Zea's has a gluten free menu. I also found this website:

        1. I know Casamentos has no gluten in their fried seafood, that's definitely worth a try. Make sure to check their hours it can get tough to catch them when they're open.

          Casamento's Restaurant
          4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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          1. I live here and find this a constant problem. My b'day is coming up and I found that my very fav restaurant Jaques-Imo's is knowledgeale, helpful and has gluten-free food entree's. The apps. are not so much. My very, very fav the salmon with the ginger sauce is gluten free.....there's a b'day present right there.

            Redbridge Gluten-free beer is served at The Bulldog in MidCity. Unsure if they sell it at other locations, but I asked(as I'm sure others did too) for them to sell it there..........a beer buzz again is superb!!! :)

            Good luck ya'll!

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            1. re: amytrigster

              I was just confirmed with Celiac last Thursday, the day before a trip home to New Orleans. Ate at Jacques-Imos Friday and they were knowledgeable about what I could have. Ended up having the chicken liver app, which was great, I did eat the spinach salad with the oyset, I don't have immediate after effects if I eat a small quantity of gluten, so at least that is a blessing. Had the carpet bagger steak and the creme brulee. Sadly roast beef poboys will be a thing of the past.

              Jacques-Imo's Cafe
              8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

              1. re: roro1831

                I also have Celiac, and in New Orleans it's a mixed bag. But you can pretty much rely on if the restaurant has a good customer service reputation--they'll do everything they can to keep gluten off your plate. Glad to hear that about Jacques-imo's--they last time I was in (over a year ago) they were pretty rude about it. I have been politely bowing out of any dinners out there since then. Overall, in new orleans, there is a lot of fried food that is off limits--but at most restaurants, there are just as many options for the celiac crowd (at least with the main course). Catch (when they were open) was by far my best experience with restaurant and gluten-free food. Also, don't think just because they don't have a GF menu, they won't be able to serve you--you'll be surprised if you ask.